Sunday, December 31, 2006

Year End Bike Ride Stats

As you've learned from reading my blog, in addition to learning to knit in 2006, I got back into bike riding. I've been posting my mileage here just for extra motivation. I'm excited with my year end totals! Even better, I'm thrilled with how fit I'm feeling and I've lost weight too, so I can knit smaller sizes and finish projects faster in 2007 :-)

The chart starts on July 25th, when we got the new bikes.

Month...Days biked/Available days...Total Miles
August..... 19/31.....250.83

Thank you for your encouraging comments on my biking this year.

Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Cyclocross Nationals

J and I watched our second cyclocross race on Saturday. It was the Nationals, so it was fast and thrilling!

The elite men get off to a fast start on the pavement:

Dismounting and carrying the bikes up the stairs:

Spectators cheered and rang cowbells:

This guy's fork broke. You can see Things Going Wrong here as the front wheel separates from the bike and the distance between the wheel and down tube widens. It looks like he's starting to unclip his right foot too:

The weather was gorgeous and we had wonderful company as Debby and C drove over to watch it with us!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Visit and Update

Saturday, J and I had a fun day trip to Connecticut to visit with Debby and C. We watched a cyclocross race, biked a rail trail together and had dinner out in Middletown after a couple of stops at bike shops. Check out Debby's site for pics of the racing. I haven't been able to get thoughts of cyclocross out of my head since watching it. I think I'm going to have to try it someday! J and I are getting road bikes in the new year, then perhaps, we will save up for cyclocross bikes!

The weather has been fabulous for December, yesterday was in the 50's! I got out for a 54 mile ride and J did 27 miles when he got out of work.

I have one more knitted Christmas present to seam up and then I will be done. I hope to mail a lot of packages this weekend and finally get my tree up!

I hope you are all having a fun, festive holiday season. J and I will be attending a party tonight which will really get me in the mood! In fact, I'm typing this post rather carefully as I'm drying my nail polish at the same time!

Oh, the sale at Sakonnet Purls is in December this year, so I will be stopping there soon!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

November Bike Totals

My numbers for this month are pretty crazy! You can tell I love bike riding. I especially love feeling more fit!

I rode 25 days this month and did a total of 653.84 miles!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Scenic Pic

A pretty New England scene from last weekend's bike ride with Debby and C.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Very Quick Update

I'm working on some secret Christmas gifts and slowly making progress on the CPH. Tomorrow is going to be rainy, so I plan to do a lot of knitting and post some new pics soon.

In the meantime, I've been out biking a lot and have done 140.34 miles this week. The weather has been pretty nice, considering that it's November. Sunday, Jeff and I biked around Jamestown and Beavertail Point. I stopped to take these pics of the Beavertail lighthouse keeper's house which is now a museum.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

October Biking Total

350.98 miles

My odometer now reads 1,070.3 miles since July 25th!

Monday, October 30, 2006

'Ghosts' in the Garden

Well, not real ghosts, just clematis seeds on the vines that grew up the arbor bench this summer.

Have a Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It's a hat!

It's a wonderful, warm, reversible hat made for me by my Aunt!

Monday, October 23, 2006

What is it?

Is it a watermelon cozy?!

I'll post pics of it in a recognizable form soon!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Weekend in the Country

This weekend, we visited the family farm in Maine. The first thing the dogs did when they got out of the truck was jump in a mud puddle! Ugh!

There were 300 acres to explore, but it was hard to get them out of the mud! Finally, they had enough mud and went for a run down the lane to a field while we rode our bikes.

One of the back hayfields. You can see Silas, the black dog, running across the field.

Jeff posed on top of an erratic dropped here by the ice sheet.

Then, he rode his bike through the mud. He was almost as bad as the dogs!!

The leaves were still pretty.

Saffy got tired from all the running around and tracking turkeys and deer and stayed close to us after awhile.

This is a wooded path between a couple of the hayfields.

This is me on my bike with the farmhouse in the background.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Weekend of Biking!

Sunday, we joined Debby and C for the Fall Tour de Mystic charity ride. The views of the water were stunning and we enjoyed seeing all the old sea captain's houses around the harbor. Here are a couple of pics of pretty buildings we saw.

After biking and lunch, we had time to visit a wonderful yarn shop in Mystic. I held off on buying since I have so much knitting to finish at the moment, but I will go back there when I am ready to shop again. They had yarns I had not seen anywhere else!

Monday, we went to Jamestown to watch the annual bike races. C was racing, so we were able to cheer him on! It's amazing to see so many bikers at once. Here is a pic of one group coming in to the finish.

Scenic Pic

Hanging Rock is a pretty view we bike past fairly often. It is a remnant of a former shoreline that existed when sea level was higher. The hanging part is wave cut. It really stands out in the landscape and it was likely an important landmark for Native Americans.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Knitting Slump

I am definitely experiencing knitting slump. I think it's because it is fall and I am spending as much time outside as I can to make the most of the remaining warm, sunny days. I'm sure I'll have a renewed love of knitting after the frost and will again have lots of knitting content for my blog.

It is fun getting out on the bikes every day that the weather is nice. I love the pace of biking as opposed to driving. Places we've been driving by for years suddenly look new again when seen from a bike!

This little calf was napping in one of the pastures we biked past on Monday.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

September Mountain Bike Total

358.95 Miles!! Yay!!

Jamestown Bike Ride

We met up with She Knits By the Seashore and C yesterday afternoon for a bike ride around Conanicut Island. It was an opportunity for C to preview the route of an upcoming race as well as just being a nice ride. We had dinner out at Yesterday's in Newport afterward. Talking over dinner, Jeff and I became even more convinced that we will have to get road bikes in addition to our mountain bikes!!

Here's a pic of the Jamestown windmill.

The windmill and especially the clouds remind me of Dutch paintings like those by the 17th century artist Jacob van Ruisdael.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dogs and Fall Flowers

Saffy loves when I stand on the end of her rope toy, so she can try to tug it away from me. Here are a couple of pics I took this morning.

Saffy and Silas had a cute moment together and I snapped a pic, but it's hard to photograph a yellow dog and black dog together as one is always washed out and the other is always too dark!

There are still a few blooms around the yard like these pretty asters.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Blackstone River Bike Ride

Jeff and I had a lovely bike ride on the Blackstone River Path yesterday. The trail goes along a river and canal and you see remnants of the Industrial Revolution like brick mills, a dam and train tracks. Here is a picture of a bridge we crossed over on the bikes and a picture of a stretch of the path along the canal. The nicest thing about the path is that there is only one road crossing, so you can really relax and enjoy your ride.

On the ride, we were able to reach our goal of 300 miles for the month! We're currently at 301.55! Woohoo!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

More Loot from the Bookstore

I bought a copy of the September Simply Knitting last night at Barnes and Noble and love the little, stuffed dog pattern! I'm going to have to put that on my knitting to do list! I also got "Thud" by Terry Pratchett in paperback and a Rachel Ray magazine since I hadn't read one yet. I think there are a couple of quickie recipes in it I'll try.

I am so excited about the premiere of "The Office" tonight :-)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Weekend Visit, Today's Cooking

Saturday, my husband and I had a lovely visit with She Knits By the Seashore and C. We met up in Niantic, CT, at an enormous used book store called the Book Barn, but it should be the Book Barns as it consists of multiple buildings and levels crammed with books! We bought a stack of books before venturing on to the Book Barn Annex downtown where we found a couple more books! Around the corner from the bookstore, we found a bike shop to investigate. Jeff and I bought a set of tools for our bike trail kit. For lunch, we drove over to Mystic and went to a Mexican restaurant called Margherita's. Then, we worked off lunch with a 14 mile bike ride around the seaside towns of Mystic and Stonington and enjoyed sights like a stone lighthouse, early New England homes and old stone walls. The weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time! I got to see Debby's Central Park Hoodie too. She is working on the back and the tweed she chose is so pretty!

This morning, I made a French Onion Soup since I always crave soups in fall. The dogs were initially excited to see me doing Things In The Kitchen as they usually get treats (whatever I drop on the floor). But today was very disappointing for them as dogs do not get onions. The hopeful, smiley gazes quickly turned to woeful stares and long, theatrical sighs. How could I neglect them so!!!

I got the recipe from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and it's one of my favorites. The soup came out great as usual (I got to sample it for lunch) and we'll have it for dinner with some French bread and melted Jarlsberg on top. Yummm!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Doggie Pics

I was just out with the dogs and snapped a few pics for you. Silas and Saffy enjoy snuffling around the yard everyday.

Saffy consented to posing next to the hydrangea shrub,

then she smelled it and considered eating it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Quick Update

I am working on the hood part of my cabled hoodie sweater. It's going quite well. I actually tried it on yesterday after I seamed up the sides. After the hood, I still have to knit the border around the front opening and the sleeves.

I began the fall veggie garden cleanup Tuesday by pulling up half the drip hoses and then mowing with the tractor. It's fun to drive over everything and have the blades chew it up. I left the grains, sunflowers, zinnias and 4 o clocks standing as they still look pretty. I still have to harvest peppers and tomatoes and then I will mow down that half too. Jeff is planning to till soon. We want the garden to be all fixed up this fall, so it won't be much work to prepare in the spring.

While I was mowing in the garden, I noticed about 10, huge, praying mantis bugs!! I guess we have a big population of them because of all the butterflies that visit the flowers. They are so creepy looking!

The weather has been good for biking. We've only skipped one day so far this month and we've already ridden 180 miles for the month. Our goal is to try to ride at least 300 miles total for September. It will depend on the weather and how much off pavement riding we do. We don't go as far on the rough stuff. Here's a pic of Jeff riding in the woods last Saturday.

The dogs are sneaking into the edge of the garden to try to eat tomatoes and peppers off the plants!! Bandit keeps cleaning out his food dish and meowing for more. I think he is trying to bulk up for winter despite the fact that he's an indoor cat!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Meeting Other Bloggers

It's really fun to get to know other knitting bloggers online and I thought it was interesting that sometimes bloggers arranged to meet in person. Well, I had the pleasure of meeting another knitting blogger in August! She Knits By the Seashore lives fairly close by, so we arranged a day to get together. We met up at an ice cream shop, went to Sakonnet Purls to admire yarn, then went on a bike ride along with our husbands followed by dinner out! It was really a wonderful day and we are already planning another visit.

As it was my birthday in August, Debby brought me a very pretty package! I have been slow to post pictures of everything, but only because I have been enjoying the gifts so much. The items got separated around my house as I read/used them and only now have I rounded them up to take pictures!

A card and journal and the beautiful ribbon that decorated the package:

A vintage gardening book:

The first issue of Yarn Magazine from Australia:

There were also poppy seeds for my garden!
Thank you for the gifts, Debby!

CPH Progress

It's really dim out today so I had a hard time taking clear pics, but I wanted to show you the progress I've made on the CPH. I've done the back and left front and am currently knitting the right front.

CPH KAL post: Progress

Friday, September 01, 2006

August Mountain Bike Totals

I think I'll post my totals each month to help keep me motivated!

August, 2006
Hours: 21:43
Miles: 250.83

I'll post the July totals too, but we bought the bikes toward the end of July and just got in 7 rides, so the numbers are low.

July, 2006
Hours: 8:03
Miles: 103.2

Central Park Hoodie Started!

I cast on August 31st and worked on the back section of the hoodie. The cables are fun to do and easy. I was able to discard the pesky markers early on as I could follow the pattern from the previous row. Here's a progress pic!

Cascasde 220
Color 4001 "bluestone"
Needle Sizes 8 and 10

I've made a similar post about this at the CPH KAL site:

Monday, August 28, 2006

Central Park Hoodie Yarn Selection

I want an economical yarn for my Hoodie, so I have chosen to use Cascade 220. I worked out my gauge today and will go up to size 10 and 8 needles. The color I chose at Fabric Place last week when I got just one skein to test out gauge, was no longer available when I tried to buy it today. Fortunately, I was able to find it on ebay a few minutes ago and I placed an order. It's called 'bluestone'. Hopefully it will arrive promptly and I'll be able to get started with the rest of the KAL participants!

Mountain Biking is Addictive!

My husband and I have been biking every day lately. Over the weekend, we did some mountain biking at two different wildlife management areas. We tackled hills, roots and rocks and crossed streams on little bridges. Here's a pic of the 'easy' section of the 'Breakheart Trail'! That's my husband at the top of the hill.

We both did pretty well, but I did fall once while hopping over a wet log. My bike skidded to the left while I went to the right! It wasn't too bad, I just had a cut and some bruises. I'd never fallen before, so I suppose it was actually sort of good that it happened and wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. I don't have as much fear of falling now.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Dogs Love Veggies

Here's Saffy eating a zuke while Silas thinks about stealing it from her!

I'm Back!

I think my computer is stable again, finally!

Here's a pic of sunflowers in my veggie garden.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Computer Trouble

My computer keeps crashing, so I'm having trouble getting anything done on it. I'll try to make a real post soon!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Weekend Shopping

I did a little craft shopping over the weekend. I bought Vogue Knitting magazine which has some lovely gray, cabled sweater patterns to choose from. I placed an online order for size 11 needles (dpn's and circular) from Purl for an upcoming project that I'll blog about in detail soon. Also, I finally got to Fabric Place to purchase some lining material for my cabled handbags. Here's what I picked out:

I spent some time scoping out yarn for the Central Park Hoodie online and at Fabric Place, but I haven't made a decision yet. Actually, She Knits By the Seashore and I are going to meet soon to look for ideas together at a local yarn shop.

Dinner, Apocalypse and a Movie

Last Wednesday, we celebrated my birthday by going out to dinner at an Indian restaurant. We had delicious vindaloo and naan and frozen mango drinks. At the end of the meal, a huge lightning storm erupted over the area and there were lots of close strikes and high winds. We made our way home around several detours including downed trees and transformer fires on telephone poles! We'd been planning to go see a movie after dinner, but decided that we'd better go home because of the storm and check on the pets. Fortunately, things were a lot calmer at home and since the atmosphere settled down, we decided to go to the late showing of the movie after all. We saw The Devil Wears Prada and loved it! So, other than the scary storm, it was a great birthday.

At Barnes and Noble the next day, I bought a paperback copy of The Devil Wears Prada to read it and compare it to the movie. The book was slightly different, but also very entertaining! Since I liked that book, I picked up the author's other book, Everyone Worth Knowing, and read that over the weekend. I thought it was also good, despite its not so stellar reviews on Amazon. I don't usually read 'chic-lit', but these two books were good, light summer reading.

I'm still working on the right front of Tulips. I was distracted from knitting over the past few days by the books, but will work hard on it today.

I'm a little behind with my blogging and have a bunch more to talk about. I'll write another post soon and have some pics too!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Weekend Update

I didn't find the time to do much knitting over the weekend, but Tulips is slowly progressing. I'll take some pics for you soon, but at the moment, any pics would just show boring expanses of stocking stitch!

The Casa Blanca lilies are blooming and their scent fills the yard! They are such incredible flowers!

Although most of my gardens are filled with pink and blue flowers, I love to plant a few rows of gaudy colored annuals in the vegetable garden to break up all the greens of the vegetable plants. Here are the zinnias.

This garden pic isn't very clear at the scale I use on my blog, but you may be able to make out the zuke plants in the foreground, then the 4 o'clocks, zinnias and corn.

The dogs love this time of year when I have lots of oversized veggies for them. Last night, they each ate a zucchini, then Silas ate two cucumbers and they shared an entire corn cob! They get sooo excited about their veggies!

Jeff and I did a lot of biking over the weekend. Saturday, we tried out the East Bay Bike Path which follows an old rail bed from Bristol to Providence. It is very flat, so we were able to go 23.15 miles!! On Sunday, we didn't want to overdo it, so we did 16 miles also on the East Bay Path. It's fun to bike thru the towns and along the Bay where we saw hawks, herons, ducks, geese and swans. Here's a pic of my husband with the city of Providence in the background.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tulips, etc.

When I got to the end of the left front on the Tulips top, I realized it was going to come out longer than the back I had already done, so I had to frog a dozen rows or so and redo them with more frequent decreases for the neckline. I made notes of my changes, so I should be able to replicate them for the right front! Fingers crossed! If I make Tulips again, I will do the front pieces first and then I will be able to make the back the same length.

Jeff and I have been out biking five days in a row. Last night we did 13.87 miles! About half of that was off-pavement on the trails in the Great Swamp and the rest was on a paved bike path just a short ride from the swamp. We were both pretty wobbly at the end of the trip, but pleased to have made it so far!

We're enjoying zukes, cukes, beans and peppers from our garden now. I love this time of year when I can walk out to the garden and pick dinner just moments before cooking. The flavors are so wonderful! The dogs have been enjoying a few zukes too--they do like their greens ;-)

Monday, July 24, 2006

My Weekend

Saturday, Jeff and I went for our first bike trip on the new mountain bikes. We started at the Amtrak station in Kingston, RI, and went a little way along the South County Bike Path before turning off to head into the Great Swamp. The first part was solid gravel roadway, then it turned into old roads with two wheel ruts and we would ride along in a rut for the most part. In some areas it was overgrown with grass and vines were reaching into the paths and in other places the ruts were a bit washed out and we had to navigate the cobbles, so we got to try the new bikes out on a variety of terrain.

Sunday, we returned to the Great Swamp for another ride, but this time, halfway in, I had a puncture/flat tire! We had to walk out of the swamp, pushing the bikes. UGH! I didn't have a trail kit with me to try to mend it. I'd been planning to put one together this week! Well, we made it back to the truck and went to the bike shop for a new tube and trail kit supplies. Even after all that, we still wanted to finish the trail! So, we went back to the Swamp and made it around the entire loop. We even went down one of the extra trails to see the view of Worden Pond at the end.

Here's a pic of the Great Swamp from our ride on Saturday.

I didn't do much knitting this weekend, but I am still working on Tulips. The back is finished, but after I finished it and laid it out, I realized that you can detect where I changed one of the balls of yarn. The yarn I used was all the same lot number, but that one ball is definitely different than the others, now that I see it all knitted up. I will knit the front pieces and sleeves and then decide whether to frog it or not.

Over the weekend, I bought the latest issues of Simply Knitting and Knit Simple. I don't have immediate plans to make anything from them as my to do list is long enough at the moment, but they are fun to just look at. Here is a pic of some pretty Lorna's Lace I recently purchased for a future sock project. It's desert flowers.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Another New Bike!

Yesterday, my husband's new bike arrived at the shop, so we picked it up and he rode around the yard when we got home. It's just like mine, except it's the men's version in silver.

We can't wait to ride on a trail, but the weather isn't cooperating at the moment!

I have less than 2 inches left to knit on the back of Tulips!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A New Project

Some big lightning storms moved across New England late last night, so I'm feeling really tired today. I worked on my knitting during the storm. Hopefully I didn't knit those stitches tighter than the rest due to my rattled nerves!

I've started working on the Tulips top from Knitscene, Fall 2006, using KnitPicks Elegance in cornflower as a substitute yarn. I started by making a couple of gauge swatches, but found that I could go with the needles recommended in the pattern, so that was easy! The only modification I've made is to add a couple of inches to the overall length. It's a boring photo, but here's a progress pic of the back. The back is rows (and rows...) of stocking stitch with no decreasing until the shoulders. It may not be exciting, but it's easy to knit it while watching television. I've had my TiVo record the Miss Marple mysteries shown on PBS on Friday nights. I love those! There's always at least one scene where Miss Marple is knitting or goes to a yarn shop.

I really love my new bike! It's been too hot to go on any bike trails yet (and we are still waiting to pick up my husband's bike when it comes into the shop), but I have been riding it around the yard for a little fun and exercise. Saffy wants to play with the bike and runs along beside me looking very smiley. Silas mainly does his own thing, but follows along occasionally.

Monday, July 17, 2006

New Bike!

I got a new mountain bike over the weekend! It's a women's style Diamondback Sorrento. My husband is going to get the men's Sorrento when it arrives at the bike shop later this week. We used to mountain bike together all the time, but stopped for quite awhile. We're excited about getting back into it! Jeff tried out my bike too and then held it for me, so I could take a pic.

Saffy likes the bike!

We stopped at the bookstore on the way home with my bike and got a trail guidebook (shown in the pic with my new owner's manual), so we can start planning bike trips.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Dogs Keeping Cool

Silas likes to lie down in the pool.

Saffy swirls her nose around in the water to make waves.

Yarn Mail

Yesterday, I had two packages of knitting things in the mail! I received my copy of Yarn magazine from Ozeyarn. This is the first copy I have seen of this magazine and I love it! My favorite patterns from it are the Bushwalker and Boudoir Bootie socks, the Silkroad Cables women's sweater, the Rugged Up Vest for men and the Tabby Paws wristwarmers. I will have to learn a new technique for at least one of these projects, the Italian cast on/off, but there are clear instructions with pictures, so I should be able to figure that out. The folks at Ozeyarn included several free shade cards with my order. I would like to order from them again. I wish I could knit as fast as I add new projects to my to do list! My KnitPicks order also arrived with my Elegance yarn in cornflower blue. I'm planning to use it to make the tulips top from Knitscene, Fall 2006. I have to start with a gauge swatch and will let you know how that goes.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Blue Cable Bag

Yay! I have fresh camera batteries. I made a second cable handbag (in blue) this week. I'm planning to make several of these and then do all the linings and handles at the same time. I think I'll give some away as Christmas or birthday gifts, but I'll definitely keep one for myself ;-)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Handbag Update, etc.

I managed to snap one pic of the cable handbag before the batteries died in my camera. The knitting part of it is done. Now, I have to get to a fabric store to pick out material for the lining. Also, I have to order some bamboo type handles for it!

Yesterday was hot and Saffy enjoyed wading in her doggie pool. Silas lays down in it, but he was too quick for me to get a pic.

Sometimes, I can't remember what I planted! I can't recall the name of these, but they are pretty! Any guesses?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Weekend Knitting

I finished the blue mittens on Sunday afternoon. They came out well, so I am going to give them away as a Christmas gift (to someone who doesn't see this blog!).

While watching Monarch of the Glen last night, I cast on and worked the first four rows of ribbing for a chunky, cable handbag. So far, so good!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Latest Good Read

This weekend, I read Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson:

It's a suspenseful, police procedural and I couldn't put it down! I've now read all the books in the Banks series. Having finished the latest, I'm having book withdrawal symptoms and am horrified that it could be a year or more until the next one in the series!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

July Garden Pics

There are lots of mid-summer blooms around the garden now.

Shasta Daisies:

Crazy Daisies:

Balloon Flower (short variety):

Yarrow summer pastels:

In the veggie garden, the zukes are starting to form, so we'll be overwhelmed by those before long :-) Here's a pic of the string beans, sorghum and sunflowers:


All you Knitting Kitty bloggers must be looking for more pics of my cat! Well, it's hard to get a good pic of my cat! He's sleeping in most of the pics I take and lately he's taken to sleeping in the cardboard recycling bin which doesn't make the most photogenic backdrop. Earlier, he was laying on his back under my office chair and I snapped this pic of him. He likes to have his big, fluffy tummy rubbed.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Online Shopping, etc.

The blue mitten I finished yesterday will have a mate soon. I am already past the thumb!

I ordered the latest issue of Yarn magazine today from ozeyarn. I'm looking forward to getting this as it will be the first time I've had a chance to see a copy in person.

I also ordered Knit Picks Elegance in cornflower. I am hoping this will be suitable for making 'Tulips', a top in the Fall 2006 Knitscene.

It's funny, I'd been daydreaming about trying to design a knitted bracelet lately, but look what's included in the latest Knitty: Perdita!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Right Hand Mitten Done!

I was industrious this afternoon and finished the right hand mitten! I even knitted a flower in the same yarn, but a different color, and attached it for decoration. Maybe I can begin on the matching mitten tonight!

Blue Mittens Progress

I haven't had a lot of time for knitting, but the mittens are taking shape. I took this pic just after I finished the right thumb. I'm quite pleased with how the join at the base of the thumb turned out. The twee vase is a trinket that my grandmother gave me last week. It has a little thatched cottage pictured on it and says "A bit of Old England".

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A Little Shopping :-)

Today was a busy day of driving all over to do chores, but I made sure our route took us by a yarn store I'd never been to before. It's called Fabric Place and it was pretty great! They have several locations in New England. I can't believe I didn't go there sooner. I was able to get the needles I need for two upcoming projects. I only bought two balls of yarn as I didn't have a list with me of what I need, but I spotted a lot of yarns I'll go back for. One even looked like a good choice for knitting into a sweater for my husband.

I bought circular needles in sizes: 4.50mm/29in; 3.50mm/29in; 3.25mm/16 in; US13/16in; and a package of yarn bobs. (The shiny packaging and flash made it hard to get a good picture, but I'll post this one anyway.)

And, somehow, these two balls of Plymouth Yarn--Suri Merino went to the checkout counter with me. It feels soft and cozy and will probably make a lovely pair of mittens!

Saffy is doing a lot better. Keeping the 'hot spot' dry and clean seems to be clearing it up. She hasn't licked it at all tonight!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!

I snapped this pic during a boat trip we took on Narragansett Bay. That's the big Newport Bridge in the background.

If you'd like to join a KAL for the Central Park Cabled Hoodie in Knitscene, this one will be starting in September: Confessions of a Misplaced Southern Belle. I plan to participate!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Feels like the Dog Days of Summer Already

This hot, muggy weather isn't good for dogs! Poor Saffy has developed a 'hot spot' on the underside of her paw, next to the pads. She wants to lick it constantly, so we are cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide and wrapping it. Last night, I used a little bandage, but today, we put a sock on her! She likes all the fuss over her, but is not thrilled about the sock! She doesn't try to chew it off, but she does flap her foot around which makes the sock slide down her leg. Silas has also helped her take it off a couple of times!

The hollyhocks are all blooming now and look so pretty.

I didn't have time for knitting over the weekend, but hope to do some today.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

In Memory of our Barn

This weekend is the 4th anniversary of the barn fire at my family home. Fortunately, no animals were hurt! However, it was a sad experience to lose this historic barn dating from 1865. The fire was started by a lightning strike.

I miss the old, horse drawn vehicles we had including the Victorian, child's sized buggy shown here. The pic is of me (as a child) driving my welsh pony, Andy. My cat, Gray Velvet, is on the seat beside me and that's Turner, the dog, posing in front of us.

I was lucky to have such rich experiences in my life and wish the barn had survived for future generations to enjoy.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Blue Mittens

Here's the start of a mitten I'm knitting in Rowan Kid Classic. Just for fun, I photographed it with a cup and saucer from a Victorian child's teaset.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Garden and Dog Pics

It's quite dim and foggy out and we've had a little rain, but I've been out enjoying the garden today. My husband saw a hummingbird this morning and I was hoping it would come back so I could see it. I think it will like these bee balm flowers:

The hollyhocks are looking pretty.

And the bush bean plants are getting quite large.

Saffy kept flopping down in front of me as I walked around. I guess she wanted me to rub her tummy, but I didn't really want to rub a soggy dog!

Silas just wanted to play with his toys and hoped Saffy would chase him. (His paws got wet from the ground and his toenails look enormous here! They really aren't that huge looking in person!!)

I bought Knitscene Fall 2006 at Barnes and Noble last night. I love #13, #18 and #25!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rainy Day Update

The shawl is on hold for now while I order some other yarn. I'll be able to decide what to use when I have the choices in front of me. I know I'll be able to use up any extra yarn I end up with! In the meantime, I'm working on finishing some wip's and have also started a pair of mittens using Rowan Kid Classic.

Thanks to She Knits by the Seashore, I am now fixated on yarns from Australia! Check out the links in this post. And you probably know what a magazine junky I am, well she pointed out two I'd never seen before, so I'm going to have to order a couple issues of those as well!!

I'm having a little less time for knitting as my garden is in the height of Weed Season! I was actually out in the rain this morning hoeing rows. I got the beans, peppers, zukes, cukes and some flowers hoed. If it ever stops raining and dries up a bit, my husband will run the tiller along the pathways, so I don't have to weed those by hand. I set up a little fence along the cukes, so they can climb if they are so inclined.

The flower gardens are looking a little bedraggled in the rain and a couple of holly hock stems (they are 7 feet tall!) have broken off in the wind, but for the most part things should perk up when the sun comes out. I'm letting a lot of plants go to seed rather than cutting them back so I can collect the seeds and add to the gardens next year. So far, I've been able to harvest a lot of Knautia. There should be a lot more very soon.

I've had some extra privet shrubs growing in a row in the veggie garden for awhile as I wasn't sure what to do with them. I finally had an idea for them yesterday! I am going to move them to the end of the mini-orchard and plant them in a row. As they grow and thicken, I will cut an archway thru them!! I think it's going to be so pretty and it will be an architectural element for the garden. I'm not as hoity-toity as that sounds ;-). I'd love to have some old stone ruins like you see in English gardens, but no such history here, so I'll have to make my own in hedge form! It should look interesting in winter as well. So, wish me luck with all the digging and replanting! If only I could get the dogs to dig where I want the holes...

I have also been busy picking and shelling peas over the past few days. I've been getting a plastic grocery bag full each day. Shelling all those peas tends to stain my thumbs green, so I end up literally having a 'green thumb'!

My husband and I watched "Failure to Launch" last night and enjoyed it--especially the scene with the yellow labrador!

And, if you also love yellow labs, check out 2paws for lots of dogs pics and stories. I just found that blog yesterday and enjoyed it.

Well, I'm off to knit now!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Weekend Stuff

This weekend, I was eyeing my growing number of yarn scraps from finished projects and wondering how to figure out how many yards were left and what was enough for another project. Then I remembered: I have a nifty, digital kitchen scale! So, I weighed the leftovers and wrote the weights and yardage on the bands. Then, I went even further and weighed finished objects and figured out which I had enough yarn to duplicate! I feel soooo organized!

I found I had just enough purple RYC Cashcotton left to make another hat with flower, so I knitted up one of those to give away. I also made a lot of progress on the lace headband for my mother and should be able to get that in the mail to her this week.

My Dad got the cashmere blend scarf for his birthday this weekend and was really pleased with it. I know it's a weird gift for June, but he can save it for fall!

If you've read my list of current projects in the sidebar, you'll see that I've listed a shawl from Sirdar #319. Well, I'm trying out a different type of yarn than suggested by the pattern. I'm not absolutely sure that I like my choice yet. The pattern shows un-mercerized cotton which would be nice and soft, of course. I bought mercerized cotton which is going to have a very different feel to it. It's Sonata from and is peacock green. I actually think of it as sort of a mermaid green that could be pretty for summer over a tee or tank. That is, if it works out and if I manage to finish it!! I cast on last week and worked 8 rows. At that point I pretty much had the pattern in my head. Now, I'm actually thinking about frogging those rows and starting again as I think I can do a neater job now that I've got the hang of the pattern. The mercerized cotton is certainly able to handle frogging and re-working ok. So, this shawl is going to be a looong project for me and I'll probably need lots of encouragement! And, I'm still not sure that I won't just buy the suggested yarn and do it in that after all! Ack! I'm certainly having a lot of indecision about this project!!!

I bought Issue 16 of Simply Knitting at Barnes and Noble and it has a little 'how to' article about knitting blogs!

I'll have some more knitting pics soon. I actually have to buy needles for some of the projects in my To Do list that I already have yarn for.

What a lot of rain we got this weekend! The weeds are growing like mad and the lawn needs mowing again. Fortunately, yummy things are also growing in the garden. I can't wait for these blueberries to ripen!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006


I picked the first peas from the garden on June 23rd!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Dog Pics From Yesterday

Saffy resting in a lawn chair. Just look at that turkey neck!

Silas wanted to play, so he brought the rope over to get Saffy's attention.

Saffy decided to humor him and they trotted around the yard holding onto the rope together.

I don't think I have properly introduced the dogs, so here's some information about them. Saffy is short for Saffron. On walks at night, I noticed how bright she is in moonlight, so I decided her full name would be Saffron Moonglow! She is an 'English type' yellow lab and is 6 years old. We adopted Silas from a Petsmart store where he was left with all his litter mates. He's a lab mix and is 3 years old. They both have strong personalities and lots of energy. In other words, they can be devious and hyper, but we love them ;-)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Hat With Flower

Here's my second hat! This is a side view (with the back toward the right of the picture). I'm actually encouraging a little roll on the edge as I like the way it looks in this case.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

It's Yarn in Bloom

I knitted this little flower last night using Rowan Cashcotton DK. I have plans to attach it to a simple hat I'm making in the same color. The flower was so fun to knit up that I'm thinking about making some for another project...details coming soon!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Lace Hat

I enjoyed knitting up the lace hat from Sirdar #319. The pattern was very clear and my substituted yarn was in gauge perfectly. However, I'm wondering if the shape of this hat is for me? I'm worried it may look more 'peasant' than 'rock & roll', lol! Perhaps I just need to get used to it and I'm sure some makeup would help a lot. It still needs blocking to keep the hem from rolling, so it's going under a wet towel in a few minutes. Once again, the pic was taken with an arm outstretched and in the bathroom lighting, so it's not the best and the gray color is much prettier in person.


Here are my dogs, Saffy and Silas!

Both dogs love to have cool showers under the hose. Here's Saffy demonstrating how she sits with her back to me so I can soak her!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Weekend Knitting

What a great summery weekend! It was so hot that the dogs wanted a lot of cool showers from the hose! I had lots of time to knit and finished the 'raspberry' wrist warmers...

...and then made another pair in blue!

Sunday, I started my first hat ever! It's the lace hat from Sirdar #319 California Girls in Luxury Soft Cotton, but using Rowan's Cashmerino dk instead as I had it in my stash. This is knitting up quickly, so check back for a finished pic soon :-)

Even more flowers are blooming in my gardens now! Here's a pic of the Canterbury Bells.

Oh, I ordered some DK cotton from too! It's for the shawl in Sirdar #319.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Goodies in the Mail, etc.

Yesterday, Sirdar #319 California Girls Luxury Soft Cotton arrived from McA Direct. I have to get some DK yarn, but I'd like to do the shawl first and then one of the shrugs.

Also, my purl order arrived (nicely packaged as you can see in the pic). I had ordered a couple of 8 inch long circular needles for making fingerless gloves in the round. I knew the needles would be small, but was still surprised how tiny they looked in person!!

I cast on right away for the fingerless gloves in Last Minute Knitted Gifts and the first round was hard going, but it got easy by the third or fourth row. I actually managed to finish one glove last night!

Here's another picture of my garden. I know I've been posting a lot of flower pics lately, but I can't help it! This is the best time of year in the garden :-) The pink and white flowers are centranthus and the blue is penstemon.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Would you like to knit with these colors?

These are Sweet Williams blooming in my garden now. Just think how fabulous some self striping socks would look in these colors!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My Yarnmarket Order

Aren't these colors gorgeous? It is Noro Cash Iroha for making two pairs of fingerless gloves from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It has a wonderful soft texture and I can't wait to knit with it.

Also in my order was Rebecca #31 and I'm planning to make some of the summer tops. I think I will substitute with Knit Picks Shine worsted and sport to save on cost.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Change to Comments Settings

I've changed my comments settings to allow anyone to leave comments. You no longer have to be registered with blogger. I'm sorry if I excluded anyone! Thanks for visiting :-)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Obsessed With Edges

Everyone thinks scarves are the simplest thing to knit, but I think they can be a bit tricky. You have no room for error in a scarf! You can't tuck that crooked edge into a seam and obscure it forever; it's right there in plain view.

In my last post, I was having a dilemma about whether to join a new ball of yarn on the edge of the scarf or whether to knit in a little way and then join. On the blue, moss stitched scarf, I joined the new balls on the edge as suggested by the book I was using. My gut feeling was telling me I'd be better off joining in a little from the edge. When I got it all done and wove in the ends, the very edge of the scarf was slightly uneven looking in those two joining spots. Mainly it's caused by the weight of the scarf pulling a bit at those spots. Really I'm the only one that notices it, but it matters to me. I want to do it right!

My husband immediately claimed the blue scarf as is, so I won't frog that to perfect the edges. Instead, I quickly knitted up another scarf in the same yarn though in a slightly different stitch pattern. This time, I paid extra attention to the areas where I joined a new ball and I've decided that I prefer to join new balls in a little from the edge. At least, this is what works for me when I'm using solid colors and this thick yarn. I know when I do striped scarves that I have to join at the edges and that hasn't been a problem with the one I've done with a different yarn.

I'm still interested in suggestions or referrals to books or websites with good pictures or descriptions about making edges look neat. All right, that's all my obsessing about edges for now.

The pic is of my latest scarf. It's done in Debbie Bliss Super Chunky Cashmerino using a pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I plan to give it to my Dad for his birthday.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Men's Dress Scarf

Here is a detail of a men's dress scarf that I finished today. It's done with Debbie Bliss Super Chunky Cashmerino on US 10.5 needles. I'm mostly happy with it. However, I'm a bit disappointed with how the yarn joinings came out.

Readers, I would really value your imput on this: when joining a new ball of yarn on a scarf, do you do it on the end of a row or in a few stitches from the edge? The book I was using said to do it at the end, but this didn't work out so well for me. Also, is there any special trick to weaving ends into moss stitch so they don't show?

The non-knitters who look at my scarves don't seem to see the joinings, but I would like to make them better anyway!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Shopping Therapy

Yesterday, we had a nor'easter (isn't this June?) and the sky was dark, it was windy and the rain was coming down sideways. The best thing I could do was curl up on the couch and alternate between knitting and browsing through my newest knitting books in an effort to distract myself from the fact that my gardens were being flattened by the weather. Today, it looks like a herd of elephants cavorted in the lupines. Eight of my tomato plants are snapped in two. I can't go on; you get the picture. I really needed a pick me up after surveying the damage. What to do? Did someone say shopping?

Well, I love the look of the hand warmers in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, so I ordered supplies to make two sets of them. For yarn, I chose Noro Cash Iroha in Burgundy (84) and Sage Blue (92) from Yarn Market. I also ordered the necessary needles (Clover, circular, US6, 8 inches long) from Purls.

And, as if I don't have enough patterns on my to do list, I ordered a couple that I've been eyeing for awhile. First, Rebecca #31 from Yarn Market. I've never seen this magazine in person, but it looks exciting in the pics online. Also, Sirdar Booklet 319: California Girls in Luxury Soft Cotton as I think shrugs are fun to knit up and I'd like to try the tank, shawl and hats as well! That one is ordered from McA Direct.

I'm feeling a little better with these items on the way. I'll share pics when they arrive!

For now, here's a picture of my butterfly garden before the storm.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Fabulous Books in the Mail

Yesterday, I had such a nice surprise in the mail. My inlaws collaborated to send me two knitting books from my wish list. They chose 'Last Minute Knitted Gifts' and 'The Sweater Workshop'.

Both books are filled with inspiring photos. I'd like to try all the patterns in LMKG! From TSW I look forward to learning how to customize seamless sweaters.

Last night, I was anxious to get started on something from one of the new books. I've had some Rowan Kid Silk Haze in my stash for awhile and decided to use it for the Eyelet Lace Scarf in LMKG.

That fine spun fiber really tried my patience at first! It was tough getting started and several times I almost ripped it off the needles, but I kept going and it actually started to look pretty and got easier as I got a rhythm going. Clearly it will need to be blocked, but I think it's going to turn out all right! Perhaps in the spirit of the book, I'll give it to my grandmother!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Pet Pics

I know my fellow Knitting Kitty and Purling Puppy bloggers have been waiting for new pics of my pets, so here are some I took today!

Saffy stopped to smell the wiegalia blossoms in the yard.

Bandit looks very sleepy here as he was having a nap in a cardboard box that a yarn order came in.

He had some fun yesterday! My husband was vacuuming the back hall with the shop vac and Bandit was just laying there in the way, so my husband started vacuuming Bandit! He liked it! He just rolled around on the floor and even wanted his tummy vacuumed. Do we have a weird cat or what?! Does anyone else vacuum their cat?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

My Memorial Day Weekend

Our big event over the weekend was my husband's graduation on Sunday! Here he is with his new Master's degree in Computer Science:

On Monday, we were tired out from graduation. So, we made a couple of pitchers of margaritas, relaxed in the shade in our backyard and enjoyed the view of the gardens. Here are some daisies that are in flower now:

I had planned to knit at graduation, but it just wasn't possible in the crowds. Sadly, I lost ground on the sock because it fell off the needles in my bag and must be started all over again! Argh! Oh well, it was still a wonderful weekend :-)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Spring Blossoms

When my mother saw the pics of my lace headband yesterday, she asked me to make one for her! So, I don't have any new knitting pics for you today as I am repeating a pattern using the same yarn too.

How about a pic of flowers in my butterfly garden instead? This is a Sweet Rocket. I wish you could smell it!! It's unbelievable sweet. I know this plant has a tendency to get invasive, but it's so beautiful and I love the way the scent drifts across my yard on just the slightest breeze.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lace Headband Done

This knitted up so quickly! I haven't blocked it, but it lays flat anyway. This is one of those pics taken with an arm outstretched, so it's not very good, but I think you'll get the idea. I really quite like it so far and it's a good way to use up odd ends of yarn.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lace Headband

I visited Barnes and Noble last night to buy a copy of Interweave Knits, Summer 2006. Browsing through it, I decided to try "Molly's Headband" to learn lace making skills and to use up odd bits of yarn from my grandmother's stash. The pattern is available free online at:
Sweet Somethings (page 4).

Although I've done some eyelet lace before, this is the most complicated lace pattern I have tried. This is also the first i-cord I have made! The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, so I chose a ball from the stash that seems to be about that. I'm sorry I have no ball band, so I won't be able to share that info with you. I have no idea what it is, but I do love the color! Here is a picture of the magazine along with the start of my headband:

Here is a detail of my headband so far:

I'm still working on the socks pictured below. I have a long event to sit through this Saturday, so I'm going to take the socks along to work on.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Socks In Progress

I've finished one and have cast on for the next!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I've been added to the Knitting Bloggers Ring!!!

I was excited to be added to the Knitting Bloggers Web Ring yesterday! It is wonderful that so many members of the ring have stopped by my site. I'm having fun working my way around the ring and hope to spend time reading each blog. I can't believe how many other knitting bloggers are out there!

My third socks are coming along nicely in Knit Picks Simple Stripes, storm. One sock is done except for the kitchener stitch at the toe, but as there are only eight stitches remaining, it won't take long. This pair of socks is simple, just some ribbing for a cuff and the rest is in stocking stitch. I am making them for me!

Speaking of Knit Picks, I received the May 2006 catalog today. As I didn't even know they did a print catalog it was a nice surprise! I'm definitely going to try more of their sock yarns. I also plan to try their 'Main Line' yarn for some sweaters in The Knitting Experience 3: Color, a book already in my knitting library. I think the 'Shine' worsted yarn sounds interesting, too. Does anyone have experience with it?

I'll be sure to post a picture of my latest socks soon. Happy knitting everyone!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Secret Gift Project Revealed

I can finally reveal pictures of the secret gift project I was making a few weeks ago. It is the puppy booties from Simply Knitting, Issue #13!

I used Plymouth Encore Knitting Worsted Weight in color 4843, which I now refer to as "chocolate lab brown"!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My Butterfly Garden

I put in a butterfly garden last year and the plants really took off this week with all the rain we've been having. Here's a pic from yesterday during a lull in the rain.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ribbed Socks Finished!

Here is a pic of the completed socks:

Friday, May 12, 2006

Ribbed Socks Progress

The ribbed socks are coming along well! I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture, but the leg and the top of the foot are worked in K2,P2 ribbing. One sock just needs to have the toe stitched as you can see here:

I am currently knitting the foot part of the matching sock. I have to get it done this weekend, because I have decided to give them to my mother for her birthday next week!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Ribbed Socks

A couple of days ago I cast on for these ribbed socks:

The stripes are lining up nicely!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I'm still here!

I am nearly done with the secret gift I am working on. I wish I could share pics today, but I have to wait until it has been received. I'm getting tired of working on the same thing and will be casting on something new very soon, so check back soon for details!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Yarn, dogs

My order of Garnstudio Alpaca wool arrived in the mail today. Isn't it pretty? It is a little more delicate than I had anticipated and I think it will take a long time to knit up, but I love the soft feel of it.

For those of you who love dogs, here are Saffy and Silas. They had one new toy to share between them today which lead to some funny antics!

Both dogs and the cat had their annual vet visit today and were quite well behaved. I'll post some new pics of Fluffy cat soon for you cat lovers!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lola Finished!

Well, except for blocking (hence all the pins along the bottom) and finding a ribbon to attach for the closure. Although, I've been thinking that a stick pin, kilt pin or brooch would be a pretty way to fasten the front!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Yarn in the Mail

Here is what arrived from Knit Picks today:

The yarn on the left is Simple Stripes in vineyard and storm for socks. The skeins on the right are Sierra in tide and cinnamon for making two chunky cabled purses with bamboo 'D' handles.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Lola details

Someone asked me for more information about the 'Lola' sweater I am making, so I thought I would make a post about it for everyone to see.

'Lola' is from the Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora Book and you can view pictures of all the patterns from it here:

The yarn I am using was what I had on hand from my grandmother's stash and it is Red Heart Classic Yarn 0683 Light Seafoam which can be seen here:
I am part way thru the third skein and don't expect it will take more than 4.

I am using size 8 needles and my gauge is close, but not quite on. Size 7 needles would probably be just right. The pattern is sized for 1-2 yrs, 2-3 yrs, 3-4 yrs, and 4-5 yrs and my sweater size is coming out to between 3-4 and 4-5 years.

I'm really pleased with how it's turning out and I'll post new pictures of it soon. The pattern is really easy and the acrylic knits up fast. If anyone has more questions, please let me know.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Lola update

This is a very clever pattern as it is knitted in one piece starting from the back and then you add the ribbing at the end. As, you can see in the picture, I knitted like mad last night while watching tv with my husband and got the back and one side of the front done!

Shopping =)

Today, I bought two Debbie Bliss pattern books to add to my knitting library! One is “Alpaca Silk” chosen mainly for the ‘Lara’ pattern and the other is “Cathay” which has several appealing patterns including the bolero on the cover.

There was a sale at the yarn shop and I was able to purchase Tahki Cotton Classic 100% mercerised cotton for making the Via Diagonale handbag. I chose two shades of blue that you can see in the picture. I also bought a skein of Plymouth encore for a secret gift project I have in mind.

I got all that and stopped at Gray's for a dish of black raspberry ice cream with jimmies on top! What a good day!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Project pictures!

Well, I am soooo close to finishing the striped, v-neck sweater. All that remains to finish is the neckline edge and weave in yarn ends! The neck will be quick to do, but I do not have the needles I need to do it, so I’ve got to find the right size at a shop before I can finish. That’s the trouble with being a new knitter! I never seem to have the right size needles for a project despite having bought so many already! Anyway, the seaming went smoothly and the stripes lined up (yay!). Here’s a picture of the almost completed sweater!

Also, since I am waiting for the yarn order for my next projects, but need something to knit in the meantime, I cast on some acrylic yarn from my grandmother’s stash to make Lola, a Debbie Bliss pattern from the angora cotton book. The color did not come out accurately in the photo. It is actually seafoam. I’m not sure who I’m making it for yet, but if it comes out well, I might give it to my cousin’s daughter.

Sorry about the pics being dark, it is cloudy out today and that makes it so hard to take a good picture inside!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Yarn Orders, etc.

I am anxiously watching the mail for my yarn order noted below as well as a second order I placed from Knit Picks for Sierra (tide and cinnamon) and Simple Stripes (vineyard and storm). I'm planning to make 2 chunky cable handbags with the Sierra and socks with the self-striping yarn.

Last night, on knitting autopilot, I went 8 rows beyond where I was meant to and had to frog it a bit, but am on track again today. I hate when I make those autopilot mistakes as they would be so easily prevented if I just paid attention! Arrgh! But 8 rows isn't too bad, things could have been a lot worse. I'm still working on the striped, v-neck sweater, but I am almost done with the second sleeve.

It is gorgeous out today and I'm going to have to set up the patio furniture soon, so I can do my knitting outside!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Yarn Order

Today, I placed an order for the Garnstudio Alpaca wool recommended for knitting "Zest", the cardi I like in Knitting, Issue 23. I chose color 2917 after much waffling back and forth between several shades. They all look so pretty! I finally went with 2917 because it seemed very summery to me. (Though I wonder if I will complete it in time for this summer?!) I ordered from Knit-n-Tyme and you can see the shade card on their site, if you like.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Magazine Buying (confession!)

I am such a magazine junky! I'm almost embarrassed to admit to buying more, but last night, there were 2 new knitting mags at Barnes and Noble and they both came home with me.

I got Knitting, Issue 23 with the cute sweater-dress on the cover and would like to make that at some point, but will start with the cardi on page 48 as soon as I have the yarn in hand. The only thing holding up my order is trying to pick the color from a scanned color card--ack!--as the yarn is not available locally as far as I can tell.

I also bought Simply Knitting, Issue 13. I know some family members who would like the Rainbow Wrap and I'd love to use the recommended Debbie Bliss cashmerino for it, IF my yarn fund isn't too depleted!

Ever since making the sweet, mini teddy bear from the Christmas-time Simply Knitting, I've wanted to try a larger bear, so I'm also looking forward to making a Bedtime Bear from Issue 13.

Well, it's dark and drizzly out today--an excellent day for knitting!! I'm working on the sleeves for the v-neck sweater still. I can't wait to have the finished pics to post here!!

Monday, April 03, 2006

V-neck sweater (Post 3)

Just a quick post to say that the front of the striped sweater is done, the shoulder seams are stitched and I've begun on a sleeve!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

V-neck Sweater (Post 2)

Last night, I completed the back of the striped sweater I'm making from 'The Knitting Experience-Color'. I'm using Lion Brand wool-ease in chocolate brown and wheat on size 7 needles.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Fuzzy Moments

Bandit loves to hang out on the fleece dog beds:

He snuggles up close to Saffy:

His long hairs get up her nose and she rubs her face:

V-Neck Sweater

I started this sweater today and will write more about it soon!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Keeping the dog amused =)

What happened tonight when I was picking up scraps of yarn:

Saffy in pigtails!

(Saffy's really good at making faces just as I take the picture.)


It's time to put of pictures of my knitting on here! I got a lot done over the weekend. My husband has the flu and I feel like I have a bit of a cold, so it was good to just rest and knit.

This is a cabled glove I made a few weeks ago. It is my first attempt at glove making and I still have to do the left hand. I used a sport yarn from my grandmother's stash.
As promised, here is a picture of my very first sweater ever!! I still have to weave in the yarn ends (yes, I do seem to have trouble getting around to that on all my projects!!).

Here's a picture of the shrug I made over the weekend! The Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn knitted up really fast. All I have left to do is weave in the yarn ends.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Chunky Shrug Update

I am almost finished with this! All I have left to do is about 3 inches of ribbing. It's gone together really fast over the weekend, but I'm wondering if anyone else has made this and what they think about the pattern. I noticed some issues with the pattern and had to improvise a bit. There's a link to the pattern listed under my projects to the right. I'll post pics soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Chunky Shrug In Progress!

It took a few rows to get used to the thick yarn called for by this pattern, but then the knitting went smoothly. So far, the back and one cuff are done. Well, this is just a short update as I want to get back to knitting!

Friday, March 17, 2006

'Saturday Sweater' (Post 3)

I am very nearly done! All that remains to do is fold over and stitch down the neckband and weave in ends. I would post a pic tonight, but it is too dark to get one in focus, so check back! I am so excited to have made my first sweater!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Rowan Book: Tuscan Retreat

I just ordered 'Tuscan Retreat'! I mainly bought it for the 'Lucia' pattern, a v-neck sweater shown in colors that look like mango, raspberry, lime, blueberry and strawberry sorbet. From the the picture, it looks like an easy sweater for a beginner and will get me used to changing yarn colors. Here's a pic of the sweater that I copied from the web (I hope it's ok to post it):

Last night, I purchased Issue 12 of Simply Knitting. I like the blue sweater on the cover! Apparently, it's from Rowan Magazine 39, but the complete pattern is published in Simply Knitting as well.

Monday, March 13, 2006

'Saturday' Sweater (Post 2)

Only one more sleeve to go! Then, I have to figure out how to attach them to the body. I will be finished soon =)

First Comment

I got my first comment last night! It's so neat that someone actually visited my new blog already.

Fuzzie Wuzzies

Do you like animals? I love my pets! I have two dogs (a yellow lab and a black lab mix) and one cat. Here are a couple of pics:

Bandit (but he prefers to be called Fluffy)

Saffy and Silas

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Web Rings

I'm in the process of joining:

New England Knits,
Purling Puppies,

and more coming soon...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

'The Knitting Experience - Color'

This book is a new addition to my knitting library. I would like to make almost all the projects in this book! I'd better start knitting faster =)

I'm planning to make the striped, v-neck sweater for spring/summer. I love the princess seamed sweater! My husband wants me to make the men's sweaters for him too.

My Next Project - Shrug

I have the pattern and yarn for a chunky shrug that I will knit with Lion Brand thick & quick wool-ease in 'fisherman'. Check back for photos!

'Saturday' Sweater

I am currently knitting my first sweater! It's a casual tunic from a pattern book called Saturday Sweaters. I am using Lion Brand wool-ease in black (trim) and charcoal gray (body). So far, the body is completed and I am about half done with one of the sleeves. Here's a progress pic:

You can't tell from this pic, but the ribbing is a neat design made with a sequence of stitches including: "slip 1, k1, yo, psso".

My NEW Knitting Blog

I love knitting! I only started on December 28th, 2005, but I am already able to do quite a few different things. I think a blog will be a good way for me to keep track of what I've done as well as plan new projects.